The trade deadline has passed, and for the sellers, the rest of the season offers little in the way of an appeal. Fans can look forward to minor-league call-ups, seeing their favorite players reach milestones or seeing their team show positive signs for next season.
It's a small consolation for the finality of another playoff miss. For some fans, their knowledge of the NHL entry draft will be cemented by June. Any fan would trade that for a chance to see their team in the postseason.
Here are eight NHL teams who are in next-year country.